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From the Files: Latin America's Legendary UFO Cases

[Some of our readers may recall Inexplicata's presence as a column called "Orbis Tertius" in the UK's defunct UFO Matrix magazine. The following article was featured in an issue, and we reprint it here as a useful - and hopefully interesting - summary of classic cases for our newer readers. Some of the material can also be found in earlier Inexplicata entries -- SC]

Latin America’s Legendary UFO Cases

By Scott Corrales

Top ten lists are an unavoidable fact in the modern age, and “top ten” lists of ufology are no exception. But most UFO events elude simple lists, due to the complex nature of the cases themselves. So we shall endeavor to present some of the most intriguing cases emerging from the corner of the world that falls under this column’s purview.

Perhaps the first serious investigation of cases outside the United States was given by Jim and Coral Lorenzen of the now-defunct APRO (Aerial Phenomenon Research Organization). Much of their data was the result of collaboration with Brazilian Dr. Olavo Fontes, who had gained most of it firsthand from actual visits with participants in the events. Among these events were the aforementioned Villas Boas abduction, the Saturn-shaped craft photographed over the island of Trinidade, the saucer that exploded over Ubatuba and other cases with which the reader is probably familiar.

Truckers and Aliens

The strange abduction case of Argentinean truck driver Dionisio Llanca was overshadowed by the more immediate kidnapping of two fishermen in Pascagoula, Mississippi. Though they occurred within weeks of each other, the former case is just another of thousands of bizarre accounts. Or is it?

On Saturday, October 27, 1973, Llanca, a resident of the town of Bahia Blanca (well-known for its UFO-related incidents), had left on his truck to make a routine run. Just barely out of the city limits, in pitch darkness, he found the truck had developed a flat tire. Not having a dispatcher whom he could radio for help, Llanca got on with the business of changing the flat. A light in the distance "like car headlights" appeared to be heading his way. He felt relieved. Perhaps he could take a ride back into the town for help.

But the light was on the horizon rather than on the road. It changed from actinic white to brilliant blue, bathing the darkened countryside in azure light. Llanca was transfixed, and thought of getting closer to the light to find out what it was--until he realized he could not move.

The light emanated from a domed, saucer-shaped craft that came to hover meters away from his vehicle. To his horror he realized that there were beings standing beneath the glowing machine. They stood there, observing his futile shouting.

Next thing Dionisio knew, he was lying face down on wet grass, the sound of passing traffic filling his ears. In a state of total amnesia, Llanca stumbled around until a passing motorist offered him a lift. Seeing that he was visibly unwell, the driver took him to the Bahia Blanca hospital. Llanca recoiled at a doctor trying to examine him, and the services of a hypnotist were called to find out exactly what had happened to him.

Over a period of days, two physicians, Dr. Eladio Santos and Dr. Eduardo Mata, tried to reconstruct the man's memory and pry from him the mind-bending story. Resorting to Pentothal to break past the blockage, Llanca revealed his harrowing story:

After being held motionless by the occupants of the strange craft, he was approached by one of them, a female, who placed a small black device upon his index finger. The device took a sample of his blood and appeared to have a sedative effect, but did not diminish his fear in the least. The beings were described as longhaired, oval-eyed humanoids clad in silver coveralls with gloves and boots. Next, he was taken into the glowing craft on a beam of light. The entities continued performing their tests upon him, conversing with him in perfect Spanish, advising him: "they wished to see if humans could withstand living in their world."

Doctors Santos and Mata proceeded carefully with their sessions, realizing that Llanca was terrified to death of reliving his experience. Probing too deeply could cause the patient to snap.

But it was Llanca who surprised them.

After revealing detailed descriptions of the craft's interior, lighting, texture of the walls and other details, Llanca fell silent. The physicians realized they had struck another--possibly impenetrable--barrier. Then, like an automaton, Llanca recited:" I have a message from the beings in the craft, but I cannot say what it is. No matter what you or other Earth scientists do, there will remain the memory lapse while I was on the ship. I was there for 45 minutes."

The stunned doctors realized that it would not be possible to "unblock" the post-hypnotic command without placing Llanca's mind in jeopardy. They directed their efforts instead to help the man recover from the traumatic ordeal. In the wake of the equally dramatic events at Pascagoula, most investigators ignored Llanca’s case. Pedro Romaniuk, the Argentinean Ufologist, gathered a wealth of data on the case, as did Kevin Randle from APRO.

In the long run, the physicians’ fears came true. In 1976, Llanca was reportedly in Buenos Aires, claiming yet another contact with the “saucermen”, who had come for him in the town of Monte Grande. Little else is known of this event, but the truck driver was reported in various parts of the country after that. It is believed that he was eventually committed to a psychiatric hospital in the Patagonian city of Rawson.

Benign Radiation

Recent developments in the study of electromagnetic radiation have given us new insights on the effect of the various kinds of "rays" emitted from UFOs. Low frequency microwaves can cause irreparable damage to the human nervous system, and other wavelengths can actually be proven beneficial to humans in moderate amounts. Normally, 10 to 30 milligauss of exposure is considered to be acceptable, and it is what we receive from computer terminals, television sets, microwave ovens, and etcetera.

The "benign" rays issued from unidentified flying objects are few and far between when compared to the lethal ones that have been the topic of a dozen studies. The deaths of witnesses on account of exposure to unknown radiation are the discussed in a recent book by Jacques Vallée, in which he recounts alarming unprovoked attacks upon humans in northern Brazil. At the book's core are the attacks by machine-like devices referred to as "chupas" by the natives. Vallée leads us through nightmarish accounts in which the protagonists--who have no exposure to a "space minded" culture--give frank descriptions of injuries inflicted by beam and gas weapons, the deaths of friends and relatives in such attacks, and the aftereffects of such experiences.

V. Maceira, a 73-year-old man living on the outskirts of a rural town in Argentina, was calmly sipping tea one evening when a brilliantly illuminated object appeared out of nowhere in a nearby clearing. He could make out the forms of two beings clearly within the glowing object, and with the rustic courtesy of the gaucho, Maceira proffered his cup of "mate" tea to the new arrivals. His cat, which had just had a litter of kittens, bolted into the darkness away from the unnatural light, forsaking her young.

Events following the apparition of the alien craft proceeded quickly. Maceira saw the beings depart in a flash of light, and immediately began to feel ill, with slight vomiting and incontinence. Strange tendrils of fine, thread-like material streamed from his eyes and his blood cell count dropped. Investigators discovered that fish in an adjacent pond had died of unknown causes. Maceira's cat returned to its kittens, but displaying patches of burnt fur as if from extreme heat. But a totally unforeseen event began to transpire: Maceira began to acquire thoughts foreign to his experience and meager education. He was able to discuss the finer points of history, philosophy, medicine and astronomy with experts come from the capital to see him. To the amazement of his attending physicians, Maceira was growing a new set of teeth!

In the end, Maceira was taken to an undisclosed location to keep him from dying of exhaustion. Investigators, scholars and mere curiosity seekers were bombarding the old man incessantly in hopes of finding out what made him tick.

An Ecuadoran Incident with Ufonauts

The Azogues case is another of close observation of ufonaut activity by humans. On a night in the summer of 1965, an Ecuadoran civil engineer, Hector Crespo, his son Urgenio and a laborer, Francisco López, were approaching the town of Zullengo, halfway between the county seats of Cuenca and Azogues. They saw two shafts of light pointing vertically into the sky behind the bend of the road they were on. Believing it was an accident, the three turned back to offer assistance.

Instead of an overturned car they were faced by a disk-shaped machine projecting two shafts of light into the night sky from a transparent dome at its top. The three men cautiously approached the clearly not manmade device, crawling behind a raised levee to within 30 meters of the disk.

Mr. Crespo was able to notice that a compartment to the interior appeared to be open. A crimson glow poured out from within the craft, and complex instrumentation could be seen within. THe vehicle itself rested on telescoping legs with plate-like landing pads (like the Lunar Excursion Module from the Apollo missions) and gave the impression of tremendous weight.

Most impressive was the fact that they could see the device’s "crew". Three silent humanoid shapes stood ouside the craft, one of them appearing to work on the light beam projector. The other two looked on, and at one point handed their compatriot a tool. The scene riveted the witnesses, scared to death though they were.

The two beings standing idly by turned their attention toward the levee, as if aware of the presence of the humans, but unconcerned. An amber hued light that revolved around the edge of the craft was considered dangerous by the humans and at one point Urgenio Crespo became sick. Returning to the car, fearful of having been exposed to some form of radiation, Mr. Crespo was able to observe the departure of the UFO, which took off "in a flash" after wobbling up to a height. Crespo, with a good knowledge of drafting, produced renderings of what they had witnessed that evening. The creatures had been clad in resplendent silver coveralls with white belts at the waist. The helmets on their heads betrayed no breathing accessories. The headaches and fatigue experienced by the younger Crespo were attributed to fear more than any sort of exposure to harmful radiation.

Their sighting was corroborated by others who had seen a particularly bright object in the dark sky that very same night. One couple reported the object as having landed near their house, providing enough light to see the trees, rocks, creeks and trails of the terrain in astonishing detail.

The Venezuelan Experience

South America's largest producer of crude oil played a prominent part in UFO sightings during the 1960's, although spectacular cases--investigated by distinguished ufologist Francisco D'Amico, founder of the Extraterrestrial Phenomena Investigative Group (GIFE)-- also took place during the years that followed.

In October 1976, a giant UFO with pulsating multicolored lights moved slowly over the community of Plan de Manzano, pausing its immense bulk silently over a drum farm containing highly inflammable liquids. To terrified onlookers, it appeared as if the alien monstrosity was about to land on top of the depot, but it headed off into the night sky at a prodigious speed.

On New Years Day, January 1977, a UFO moved silently across the skies of Barquisimeto, on Venezuela's Caribbean coast, beginning a significant wave of sightings. Two weeks later, on January 23, a circular UFO giving off intense flashes of blue, green, yellow, and red landed in the community of Santa Rosa, in the state of Lara. Witnesses reported seeing the silhouettes of two diminutive humanoid occupants who moved in a robotic, controlled manner. The unknown craft emitted tremendous waves of heat, leaving a twelve-foot wide burn mark on the grass and singeing nearby shrubs and trees. Seven witnesses interviewed by GIFE agreed that the landed vehicle made a slight noise, but closer investigation was impossible due to the intense heat. Armando Loyo, one of the witnesses, declared having taken a flashlight to take a look at the UFO's interior. Before he could come any closer, the vehicle took off once more, nearly blinding him with its intense light. Venezuelan scientists visited the area but refused to issue a statement as to what had transpired that evening.

The summer months of 1977 were punctuated by repeated sightings of UFOs over the village of Duaca, 15 miles south of Barquisimeto. The townspeople mounted their own nocturnal skywatch, setting up "observation posts" on a number of rooftops scattered throughout the village. The number of observation posts enabled seeing UFOs from different angles, thus allowing for comparisons later on. At 9:50 p.m. on August 22, an orange-red vehicle calculated at being some fifty feet in diameter and flying at an altitude of 4000 feet, was sighted over the community and recorded by the members of the GIFE research team. Two more vehicles were seen that same evening.

As dramatic as these skywatches might have been, Venezuela would soon face a less pleasant aspect of the UFO phenomenon: the sudden appearance of unknown craft causing widespread failures of the power grid. Caracas, the nation's capital, and dozens of outlying cities were plunged into darkness on the night of December 31, 1978--almost two years to the day of the initial sighting. The blackout occurred shortly after midnight, prompting the cancellation of all official New Years celebrations. Radio stations had alerted the city to a flurry of UFO sightings which had taken place shortly before the blackout, and the Caracas Power Utility found itself at a loss to explain the probable cause of the power failure, which extended as far as the city of Maracay, fifty miles away from Caracas.

The Central American Power Station

Honduras is a land whose UFO sightings have been picked up by the world's wire services and then forgotten. There can be no doubt, however, that this small country--wedged between Guatemala and Nicaragua--sustained its highest level of UFO activity during the month of October 1978, when it fell prey to the same kind of blackout-producing vehicles that would affect Venezuela later the same year.

On October 14, at 6:10 p.m., a nationwide blackout left communities helpless for twenty minutes as reports of strange objects in the twilit skies flooded radio stations and the newsrooms of Honduran dailies. The advertising manager of one of the latter, Rogelio Bercián, happened to be among the witnesses to the unusual phenomena. At precisely 6:06 p.m., he declared in an article for Tegucigalpa's La Tribuna, he was working on his car on the vantage point of El Picacho hill, when he became aware of a strange object moving from south to north at considerable speed. Fearing it was a conventional airplane, he paid close attention to its maneuvers due to its velocity and the fact that it was headed for a populated area. The object suddenly executed a suicidal figure-eight maneuver, and Bercián then realized he was a looking at a colossal boomerang-shaped object with a brilliant light at its center. As it flew over Tocontin Airport, electrical current died over the city. The newspaper manager saw the streetlights grow dim before blacking out altogether. Other witnesses directly under the flight path of the triangular UFO were able to confirm Bercián's statement.

City officials preferred to find a more down-to-earth explanation for the blackout, and sought an answer from the power utility, the state-owned agency ENEE (National Electric Energy Company). Reports of "unexplained anomalies" at El Cañaveral, a power station quite far from Tegucigalpa, stated that this installation crashed after "a mysterious glow had been seen in the sky."

A hundred miles away from the Honduran capital, other power stations reported similar collapses of the energy grid. Engineers were at a loss to explain how localized blackouts in their areas could have affected the distant capital city. Martin Baide, Public Relations Officer for ENEE, was bold enough to suggest: "I do not personally discard the possibility that technologies greater than man's could be the cause of these anomalies, since we have been unable to offer a satisfactory explanation as to the true reason for the blackouts."

The massive power failure that occurred on October 27, 1978 involved an even greater UFO component. Aida Zúñiga, a secretarial school director in the town of Choluteca, to the south of Tegucigalpa, observed that shortly after six o'clock in the evening on that day, her students became aware of a light-emitting object concealed behind the clouds of a recent rainstorm. The cloud-swathed vehicle was described by one student as being reminiscent of the Mothership from Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Ms. Zúñiga declared that the object remained stationary, giving off lightning-like flashes just as the lights began to brown out and then disappear entirely throughout Choluteca. The UFO changed color from a yellowish red to a pale shade of pink before disappearing. After it had gone, it was noticed that the drizzle came to an end, and the power came back on line.

Two hours after the uncanny events over Choluteca, a strange vehicle was sighted over Tegucigalpa's La Leona substation. Miguel Herrero, a technician on duty at the substation, was watching television when an explosion among the transformers followed a sudden blue glow. He witnessed a blinding light rising up and away from the transformers. Witnesses on the streets reported seeing a circular red light more or less hovering over the substation. Roberto Aguiar, a cab driver, described the disk as having tendrils that moved around it in a circular motion.

The events of October 1978 may be considered unspectacular in the light of later developments in ufology, such as the rise in encounters with UFO occupants and the abduction epidemic, but it showcased the control that these objects have over our cities, and indeed over our way of life.

Uruguay’s UFO Situation

Sandwiched between Brazil and Argentina, Uruguay boasts a modest UFO history of its own, and a number of noted investigators of the phenomenon brought cases to the attention of ufology worldwide during the Sixties and Seventies. However, a major UFO flap may have taken place as recently as 1994, according to some anonymous documentation forwarded to Mexican ufologist Dr. Rafael Lara Palmeros. These papers provided information (largely from journalistic sources) on a mind-bending cross-section of ufologica, ranging from mere lights in the sky to interaction between humans and UFO occupants.

On March 3, 1994. A considerable number of residents in the town of Rivera, Uruguay confirmed that a UFO had flown over this locality during the early hours of the morning. The witnesses were workers at a refrigeration plant who were on their way to work. The object was moving at a moderate, constant speed and at a height of 500 meters (1600 feet), making circular movements.

The manager of a local radio station saw the object in the sky: According to Ernesto Fagúndez, he was able to distinguish several portholes through which crewmembers could be seen. "They were beings with enormous heads," he said. Later, the object was seen executing an odd maneuver. It allowed itself to dive over a bus that carried passengers on their way to work. Terrified at the imminent collision, the passengers leaped out of the bus and ran for their lives. The object did not collide with the bus and rose skyward, disappearing later. (As an additional detail we can add that Rivera is located on the border between Brazil and Uruguay, some 600 km. (37 mi.) from Montevideo (Note: it was later discovered that this story had originally transpired in 1978 and had been reported in the UFO press of the time).

A giant cigar-shaped UFO was allegedly seen in April 1994 in Rivera, on the Brazilian border. According to witnesses, the object had a length of 50 meters (160 ft.) and emitted bright orange flashes as it flew in a straight line toward the northeast. Suddenly, the intensity of the light diminished, and the object became invisible. Several witnesses claimed having seen 3 subdivisions in the cigar-shaped objects that may have escorted a larger one. According to the witnesses, a total of 4 compartments could be seen in these objects, leading many to believe it could be a "Mothership"

Residents of Florida, Uruguay, reported seeing a UFO flying across the sky during 18 minutes on the night of May 21, 1994. While the object was still visible in the sky, a surprise blackout plunged the city into darkness. According to one witness, journalist Luis del Castillo, it was a spherical object with white, red, and green lights on its sides, which moved off to the west. The official story on the power failure was "a sudden overload of the supply system which overrode safety systems." The manager of the Miguel Castro Ferreira Power Station was unable to come up with an explanation and dismissed it as "a coincidence." In the city of Artigas, some 700 km. from Montevideo, a family claimed having seen small allegedly extraterrestrial beings on at least 3 occasions. That morning, Wilson Eli Da Costa, 17, was in his garden when he noticed small footprints that appeared to have been made by a child. The following day he noticed more footprints. This news was shared with the rest of the family, who decided to keep it a secret. On the following day, Wilson's sister, Marta Elena Ari Da Costa, 16, saw a little man "with a very white complexion" looking into the house.

Later in the summer, five adults and a 10-year-old child in the city of Maldonado, 140 km from Montevideo, had a terrifying experience as they returned from Laguna del Sauce. At the 115 km. mark of the road leading to Punta del Este, the people travelling in the rear of the vehicle noticed "an enormous fireball" rise from a nearby field and head for their bus. They warned the driver, who saw the fiery object, thus initiating an impressive chase for over 5 kilometers. The witnesses stated that the fireball was so bright that it illuminated the entire area as if it were daylight. It moved in an east-west trajectory, following the same route as the bus. It finally broke off its pursuit and disappeared close to a naval base.

Villa Cebollati, a town in Rocha Province located some 250 km. from Montevideo, became the unwilling locale for contact with nonhumans. According to Julio César Cabrera, 45, two beings that were "very beautiful and green in color," appeared on his doorstep.

Cabrera, who was asleep in the early morning hours, was awakened by the sound of a loud horn, which he took to be that of his own car. Upon opening the car's door, a powerful electric discharge riveted him to the ground as a strange, white-faced, green skinned being, with slanted eyes and blonde hair, appeared out of thin air, accompanied by a beautiful female. According to Cabrera, both creatures began measuring his body while he remained paralyzed. Within minutes, the creatures had disappeared amid whitish smoke. No physical harm was inflicted upon the witness, and it appears he enjoyed the green creatures' visit.

On September 13, 1994. Five residents of Paso de las Velas, Florida Department, some 150 km. from Montevideo, claimed to have witnessed the collision of a UFO against the ground. The event took place after a lengthy storm, when the witnesses became aware of a solid rectangular object crossing the sky noiselessly. The orange rectangle suddenly plummeted to the ground, setting off an explosion that was heard for many kilometers around. Large plumes of smoke filled the air, but not traces of the object were found where the explosion took place.

Faced with all this information, the Uruguayan Air Force decided to accept all UFO-related information and investigate each case directly. This initiative was undertaken by the Receiving and Investigating Commission, affiliated to the Uruguayan Air Force, which first created a special file destined to collect all known cases occurring in the country. The new commission is to be headed by Lt.Col. Eduardo Aguirre, who requested the national media to forward any UFO information to his attention.

Colombia’s Andean Saucers

This major Andean republic has certainly provided its share of sightings. The problem -- echoed by many researchers both in the U.S. and in the rest of Latin America -- is that the vast majority of UFO reports come from disreputable journalistic sources that present bogus UFO stories to boost circulations. Such tales are dubbed noticias de verano ("summer tales", nearly identical to the English "junebugs") and are quickly forgotten.

Perhaps the most dramatic case involved a highly unusual "firefighting" UFO, a considerable break from the case histories involving fire-starting saucers. This particular case transpired in 1976 and was researched by Spanish investigator Salvador Freixedo, who was told of the incident by one of the protagonists involved.

Inés de Montaña, a well-known journalist for Bogotá's El Espectador described how an unidentified flying object had saved the hacienda that had been in her family for generations. The country estate, located in Tolima, a valley deep in the Andean range, was besieged by the flames of a nocturnal forest fire that illuminated the night sky with its angry flames, devouring vegetation and croplands. Farmhands ran in search of axes and sand with which to create a firebreak, since there was no water that could be used to extinguish the blaze. Their valiant efforts were in vain, for the dryness of the foliage only made the flames burn with greater intensity.

While the journalist looked on at the advancing line of fire from her bedroom window, a effulgent blue light in the smoke-filled sky caught her attention: it moved slowly and deliberately at a low altitude toward the imperiled area. De Montaña described it as "a helicopter of light".

The strange object appeared to be coming in for a landing, but upon reaching the height of the tallest palm trees, it rose again and departed with the same deliberate slowness which characterized its approach, leaving in its wake a luminous, comet-like tail -- a wave of such intense coldness that it extinguished the forest fire almost immediately, and caused the bemused onlookers to find warmer clothing. The UFO paused for a few seconds, and immediately began to move very slowly across the flames. As it moved, the fire died down as if doused with tons of water." The farmhands who had been doing their best to contain the spreading blaze were awestruck by the miraculous event.

In January 1977, a Boeing 727 airliner belonging to Colombia's Avianca airline, piloted by Gustavo Ferreira, was approaching Ibagué, a community west of Bogotá, when the crew suddenly became aware of a strong white light. Believing that another airliner had strayed into their path, Captain Ferreira promptly radioed the air traffic controllers at Bogota International Airport. They assured him that they had picked up the intruder on their radar and were tracking it.

There was little that the Avianca crew could do as the intense light source made a beeline toward their jet. In a matter of seconds, the mysterious light had stopped in mid-air. Passengers and crew were treated to the sight of an unidentified flying object three times the size of the airliner they were in. Captain Ferreira flashed his landing lights at the vehicle, which responded by changing color from white to red. A second flash of the landing lights prompted the UFO to turn green. Three minutes later, the strange object sped off out of sight. The airport traffic controllers estimated the UFO's speed to be some 20,000 miles an hour at a 99-degree angle before vanishing off their screens.

A flurry of UFO sightings filled the summer months of 1977: on July 6 of that year, residents of the community of El Socorro witnessed the flight of a six UFO "squadron" across the night skies over their town. The UFOs flew fast and low over El Socorro amid heavy rainfall, giving off bursts of red and white light. On July 20, shortly after 4 p.m., attorney Carlos Rangel, who was looking out the window of a doctors' office in downtown Bogotá, saw five UFOs engaging in maneuvers over the city. He promptly drew the attention of the nurses in the office as well as that of people walking on the street. The number of onlookers staring skyward, including those who got out of their cars to take a better look, caused a traffic jam that lasted well over an hour. Bogotá's El Liberal newspaper ran a photo taken by a staff photographer, depicting one of the UFOs in question. The photograph was accompanied by eyewitness testimony.

UFO activity over Colombia hasn't been significant over the past few years, but it could start up again at any given moment.

Chile’s Abduction Scenario

No chronicle of UFO activity in South America would be complete without the ample and dramatic case histories that have emerged from Chile. The clear nights of its vast northern salt deserts have provided an array of memorable sightings, causing some Latin American investigators to vote it "the country most visited by UFOs" during the 1970's.

The all-time Chilean classic case is the hair-raising (and beard growing) experience suffered by army corporal Armando Valdés Garrido. In the bitterly cold early morning hours of April 25, 1977, a military patrol of the Rancagua regiment led by Corporal Valdés and composed of soldiers Julio Rosas, Ivan Rojas, Pedro Rosales, Humberto Rojas, Germán Valle and Raúl Salinas, had decided to camp in a rocky, desolate area in the Andean foothills. a few miles east of the city of Putre.

One of the soldiers, who had been assigned sentry duty, rushed back to the corporal to inform him that a red light was hovering above a nearby peak. Suspecting that contrabandists may be at work, Valdés ordered his platoon to ready weapons and extinguish the campfire--their only source of warmth in the near-zero weather. The soldiers moved out toward the source of the purplish-red light, realizing in a matter of seconds that they weren't dealing with illegal activity or lost mountaineers. The light was moving down the hillside, but not on its surface.

Having complained earlier about the frigid temperature, the soldiers were stunned to discover that it was actually getting warmer as the light grew closer, turning into giant oval-shaped object which bathing them in its purplish-red glow.

The object landed some fifty feet away, swathed in a violet fog that stood out in stark contrast to the surrounding darkness. This was enough to cause panic among the young conscripts, but they found themselves unable to move. Weapon in hand, the corporal ventured forward alone into the unearthly fog, adding later that he felt attracted by something within the luminosity, and was standing no farther than nine feet away from his men when the purplish light engulfed him. The corporal stated for the record that his only recollection of the event was a dreamlike vision of falling down a deep well or chasm. He was also left with a feeling that he would meet again with the strange presence.

The truly amazing part of the story follows: the leaderless platoon witnessed the corporal's unexplained reappearance some fifteen minutes later, when they heard him calling for help. Valdés gave the appearance of having been drugged; his normally clean-shaven face showed dense beard, and his calendar wristwatch indicated that the time was 6:30 a.m. on the 30th of April, when it was still in fact 4:25 a.m. on the 25th. By all indications, the hapless military man had undergone a five-day sojourn in some unknown region of time and space. Hypnotic regression, which would ordinarily have been the procedure of choice in unlocking the "missing time", was expressly forbidden by the Chilean military. Medical specialists agreed that Valdés's panic at the ordeal, as well as the unknown radiation he had been subjected to, could have accelerated the growth of his facial hair, but no explanation was forthcoming about what had happened to his wristwatch.

Argentinean parapsychologist Antonio Las Heras conducted further research into the Valdés Case, as it came to be known, following a television appearance on Santiago's Channel 13, where he formed part of a panel with an aeronautical engineer and an astrophysicist who supported the corporal's claim. A few days prior to Las Heras' arrival in Chile, the Chilean Army had issued a communiqué confirming that Corporal Valdés and his platoon had come face to face with an unidentified phenomenon. The communiqué also added that the protagonists of the case had been forbidden to comment on the incident until military authorities had issued a final verdict. After conducting his own research, Las Heras felt that a solution to the mystery was in hand.

According to the parapsychologist, both the media and amateur investigators alike mistakenly suggested that the corporal had spent five days within a UFO, while only fifteen minutes had elapsed for the terrified onlookers. Las Heras posits that the corporal's digital timepiece "went crazy" upon entering the purple haze, probably as a result of electromagnetic fields emanating from the object. The digital watch was affected for a given period of time, finally stopping at a random time. In short, Valdés disappeared for only fifteen minutes, since his wristwatch had stopped shortly before his disappearance.

Las Heras challenged the theory that a space-time alteration took place, since exactly the opposite to what would be expected of any travel at relativistic speed is what happened: Valdés, the subject of the ordeal, was the one who aged, whereas the onlookers remained the same. According to the theory of relativity, the soldiers should have aged at least fifteen minutes, while the corporal should not have aged at all. On the other hand, Las Heras entirely agreed with the somatic explanation for the sudden growth of the corporal's beard.

A flood of sensationalistic information followed the Valdés Case: it was alleged that the corporal had shouted at the UFO: "Go! In the name of God, leave this place!" as if he were a country bumpkin facing a ghost; the local UFO press claimed that the corporal had been given a "message" by the vehicle's occupants. These, and other details, also proved untrue. Perhaps a 2010 release by Patricio Abuselme Hoffman – “Los centinelas de la noche” (The Night Sentries), covering the entire Valdés Case, will provide some long awaited answers.

After crisscrossing Chilean skies for decades, UFO activity dwindled in later decades down to a few unimportant sightings. According to an article from the EFE news agency, more than 400 confirmed sightings took place in the years before 1990. However, the period running from 1990 through 1994 has remained quiet. Not even the truck drivers who cross the Atacama Desert--the driest in the world, with a unique topography that resembles that of the moon on a starry night--have witnessed any sightings worthy of public attention.

In November 1990, a woman from a small community some 450 kilometers to the north of Santiago was violently awakened by a loud noise while an intense light, as bright as the Sun's, poured into her bedroom. The woman stated that she was filled with dread when she noticed a figure no more than 115 cm. tall standing at the door. It had very large eyes and ears and its skin was illuminated by a strong violet light (perhaps the same "purple haze" that engulfed Armando Valdés Garrido in 1977?).

One of the most spectacular of the cases befell a Chilean who revealed in August 1990 that 12 years earlier, in the middle of the antipodal winter and while traveling in his old car some 1000 km south of Santiago, he had had sexual relations with an extraterrestrial female.

Gaspar H.H., who was 66 years old at the time of his revelation, attained global notoriety when he told a major newspaper in the Chilean capital that he had been inside a spaceship for four hours and managed to establish telepathic communication with its occupants. Later on, he was placed on a bed that adapted to the contour of his body while skin samples were drawn. The ufonauts threw water on him to "decontaminate" him, after which sex with an extraterrestrial woman took place.

On October 8, 1994 a forest ranger in the Torres del Paine National Park, located in the Magallanes region, was allegedly chased by a gigantic UFO that hovered in the sky. The forest ranger, who has spent eighteen years in this particular park, was conducting a routine inspection when an enigmatic, spherical artifact that gave off a powerful beam of light surprised him.

Visibly upset, the ranger began a frantic race back to the Paso de la Muerte Shelter, some 17 kilometers away. He was pursued the entire distance by the object, which emitted "flashes of light". After gaining the shelter's safety, he was able to alert some comrades, who observed the UFO moving away at a high rate of speed. A driver identified as Arturo Cofre corroborated the forest ranger's testimony, stating that he had also witnessed the giant sphere over the so-called Cuernos del Paine. Carmen Salvat, an employee of the Hotel Explora, claimed to have seen a large luminous sphere moving in a northerly direction as it gave out potent red and violet flashes. As a final note, a tourist who wishes to remain anonymous (along with the forest ranger) said that the device managed to land, turning off all its lights before taking to the skies once more.

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NASA worker - 'humans visited Mars in 1979'

An ex-NASA employee has insisted that humans walked on the surface of Mars more than 35 years ago. The remarkable claim comes courtesy of a woman know...

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Mysterious 'angel hair' falls over Portugal

Strange white, wispy strands of an unknown material have been reported falling from the sky. Commonly referred to as 'angel hair', the peculiar phenom...

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DNA survives trip in to space on a rocket

The DNA managed to survive being painted on to the outside of a rocket and blasted in to space. Panspermia, the theory that life is being continually ...

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28 nov. 2014

Earth protected by invisible 'force field'

Scientists have identified an invisible shield around our planet that protects us from deadly electrons. It might sound like something out of Star Tre...

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Ouija boards proving popular this Christmas

Sales of the century-old parlour game are through the roof thanks to the release of the movie 'Ouija'. It's easy to forget that the Ouija board, a dev...

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Weekender: The Green Children of Woolpit - Allegory for an Alien Visitation?

There is an unassuming village in the South-East of England that may have played host to one of the most intriguing potential alien visitations ever recorded.

Woolpit, in Suffolk, is the setting for an ancient legend dating back to the 12th century, which describes an encounter with two strange beings known as "The Green Children of Woolpit."

According to the myth, residents of the village were shocked when the two green-skinned children, a boy and a girl, appeared mysteriously on the edge of a field in Woolpit and were found by reapers working in the fields at harvest time.

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Antikythera Mechanism is older than believed

The mysterious ancient computer is now thought to date back to somewhere around 200 BC. The world's oldest known computer, the Antikythera Mechanism, ...

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Jurassic World: Vuelve Parque Jurásico

El estreno de la cuarta parte de la peliculas de aventuras centradas en un Parque de atracciones donde habitan todo tipo de bestias prehistóricas y muchos dinosaurios…


Nuevo diseño para la franquicia prehistórica de Spielberg


Habrá reptiles marinos en un Oceanario gigantesco


Y como no… ¡Dinosaurios!


1022958-jurassicworld-04 1022958-jurassicworld-02 … además de jóvenes aventureros…

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27 nov. 2014

Tumbas para "vampiros" o para víctimas del cólera por miedo a su vuelta de entre los muertos

"Los posibles 'vampiros' enterrados en el noroeste de Polonia con hoces y rocas sobre sus cuerpos eran probablemente habitantes originarios de la zona y no inmigrantes. Es la conclusión de un estudio publicado en PLoS ONE por Lesley Gregoricka de la Universidad del Sur de Alabama. En el noroeste de Polonia, los ritos funerarios apotropaicos - una práctica tradicional dirigida a evitar el mal - se extendieron entre los siglos XVII y XVIII.

Aquellos muertos considerados en riesgo de convertirse en vampiros por una variedad de razones recibían tratamiento funerario específico, y las prácticas analizadas por esta investigadora pueden dar una idea de las prácticas culturales y sociales de la comunidades, así como las identidades de las personas que vivían en la zona en ese momento. Las excavaciones en un cementerio en el noroeste de Polonia-han revelado seis tumbas inusuales, con hoces a lo ancho de los cuerpos o rocas bajo las barbillas de determinados individuos, en medio de cientos de entierros normales. Para comprender mejor si los organismos seleccionados para los ritos funerarios apotropaicos eran inmigrantes o habitantes locales, los autores estudiaron los molares permanentes de 60 personas, entre ellas las de 6 entierros 'especiales', utilizando las proporciones de isótopos de estroncio radiogénico del esmalte dental arqueológico. Luego las compararon con los resultados de isótopos de estroncio en animales locales (...)"

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Climate change fixes 'could harm billions'

Geo-engineering schemes designed to tackle global warming could prove disastrous for billions of people. The science of geo-engineering involves utili...

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How did manatees inspire mermaid legends ?

Manatees and dugongs have long been connected with stories of sirens, mermaids and other myths. With their walrus-like appearance, passive demeanor an...

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Do Doctors Really Believe In Vaccination?

It's Thanksgiving in the US, and for the rest of the world it is never a bad time to give thanks for all of our blessings.

There are many who count vaccines as one of the major blessings of the modern age, as they allegedly save thousands from the threat of harmful diseases.

Yet our confidence in the effectiveness of vaccines is apparently waning; in a survey conducted by the University of Michigan, 74 per cent of American parents said they would remove their vaccinated children from a day-care centre if there was a possibility that they would encounter non-vaccinated children.

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Writer sends a lamb chop in to space

A lamb chop on a fork was sent in to suborbital space as part of a bizarre new book promotion exercise. Author Nikesh Shukla and graphic artist Nick H...

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Dos investigadores españoles prueban una conjetura centenaria de Lord Kelvin

Un par de científicos del Instituto de Ciencias Matemáticas (ICMAT) han resuelto el problema que planteó el matemático británico Lord Kelvin en 1875 como camino para entender la estructura atómica de la materia. El estudio muestra que los fluidos en equilibrio, como el agua que fluye constante por una cañería, pueden esconder estructuras en forma de donut retorcido de manera compleja.

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26 nov. 2014

Mystery of the Polish 'vampires' solved

Researchers believe that six alleged vampires unearthed in Poland may have been cholera victims. For centuries the fear of the dead rising from the gr...

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Physicist claims Mars was attacked by nukes

A controversial paper by Dr John Brandenburg claims that life on Mars was wiped out by a nuclear attack. The idea that a civilization on the planet Ma...

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Scientists Create New "Disappearing" Plastic, Whilst Our Plastic Waste Is Mysteriously Disappearing...

Plastic waste is one of the scourges of the modern world, being generated via every industry from electronics to packaging and vehicles. Once discarded, plastic chokes our landfills and oceans for centuries, and when one considers that humans produce almost 300 million tons of plastic each year, the extent of the problem becomes all too clear.

A new discovery made by researchers at North Dakota State University, Fargo, could help to solve this serious environmental issue, however, as they believe they have paved the way for the creation of a new type of plastic that can be broken down into molecules when exposed to a specific type of light. What is even better news is that once the plastic has broken down, it can be recycled to form new plastic products.

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Is the Visitor Experience Evolving

Wednesday November 26, 2014

Suzanne Chancellor is a lifelong experiencer whose frightening encounters recently took a turn toward the positive. Now, she's asking other lifelong experiencers if the experience has evolved for them as well. Is there a pattern here? It seems from many of the experiencers both she and host Jeremy Vaeni have spoken with, the answer might be yes.

To learn more about Suzanne and listen to her podcast, Alien Brain Droppings, please visit: AbducteeAwareness.Blogspot.com.

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Controversial gaming device draws real blood

A system that draws actual blood when you take damage in-game has been suspended on Kickstarter. Known as Blood Sport, the invention is designed to ma...

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25 nov. 2014

Did rare sword belong to Ivan the Terrible ?

A medieval sword found in Siberia's Novosibirsk region may have belonged to the infamous Russian Tsar. Discovered buried deep beneath a tree back in 1...

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'Fly factories' to produce edible insects

Facilities in France and Holland are set to produce crispy maggots for use in restaurant delicacies. Insects could represent one of the single most ef...

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ACTV-1 - The Virus That Can Change Your Mind?

The highly adaptable nature of viruses is one of their most dangerous strengths. They are programmed to survive at all costs, mutating into different forms that often make the leap between different species. The infamous Ebola virus, which has infected almost 15,000 people in Africa this year, first evolved in monkeys and then evolved into a form which could be transmitted to humans.

Mammal to mammal transmission is not a huge leap to make, however, as the physiology involved is similar in each species. But could viruses that affect totally different life forms, such as algae, possibly evolve into a variety that could threaten humans?

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Dos estrellas se fusionarán en una sola supermasiva

Un estudio sobre el sistema binario MY Camelopardalis demuestra que las estrellas más masivas se forman por fusión de otras más pequeñas, como ya predecían los modelos teórico. Las observaciones las han efectuado investigadores profesionales de la Universidad de Alicante, el Centro de Astrobiología y el Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, junto a astrónomos amateurs.

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Nuevo método para entender una propiedad de grupos matemáticos definida hace 50 años

En los años 60 el matemático israelí David Kazhdan planteó una propiedad de los grupos denominada (T) para demostrar algunos resultados. Ahora investigadores del Instituto de Ciencias Matemáticas (ICMAT) y otros centros internacionales han dado con una nueva técnica que demuestra esta propiedad (T) para más ejemplos hasta ahora inalcanzables.

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90% of galaxies may be hostile to life

Two astrophysicists have proposed that gamma ray bursts could halt the development of complex life forms. The universe contains an estimated 100 billi...

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The Breakaway Civilization, Part 2

November 28, 2014

Last week's Dreamland on the breakaway civilization was a shocking, brilliantly informative show. This week, Richard Dolan comes aboard and he, Catherine Austin Fitts and Joseph Farrell go EVEN FARTHER, this time into the way the technologies involved must work, who the breakaways are, where they can be found, and what their existence may mean to all of us.

These two programs are all-time Dreamland classics, and mark the first time these three deeply informed and brilliant researchers have ever come together to discuss this subject.

Expect to be amazed, and to come away with some real knowledge—at last—about why our world is as it is, why the government seems to cost so much but do so little, and where your tax dollars are actually going.

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24 nov. 2014

Underwater robot maps Antarctic sea ice

A remote-controlled submarine has discovered that the ice is a lot thicker in some places than expected. The thickness of Antarctica's sea ice remains...

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Evidence of Sacred Geometry Observed in Cosmic Webs

Like it or not, mathematics underpins our whole existence, either by conscious design or through natural selection. Our ancestors were very appreciative of the significance of mathematics, illustrated by the precise geometric alignments that have been observed in the construction and placements of ancient monuments on earth, such as Stonehenge and the pyramids, that align them with other monuments nearby, and also with astronomical events such as sunrise or sunset.

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Brasil: UFO Follows a GOL Airliner Tuesday Afternoon Off Santa Catarina

Date: 11.24.2014

Source: Planeta UFO and Orbita Cero

UFO Follows a GOL Airliner Tuesday Afternoon Off Santa Catarina

By Julio Ottoboni

On the starboard side of the airliner, businessman Julio Belli of Sao Jose dos Campos, San Pablo, Brazil, photographed UFOs following the GOL airliner. Both photos were taken from the same position, with and without the effect (Photo: Julius Belli /Defesanet)

An unidentified flying object (UFO) tailed a passenger plane belonging to GOL Airlines during its regular service between Navegantes (Santa Catarina) to Guarulhos (Sao Paulo). The phenomenon was seen by a passenger, businessman Julio Belli, of Sao Jose dos Campos (SP) as he observed the skyscape. Equipped with his camera, he managed to take shots of the object, which emitted a bright light, even on a completely clear day. The event occurred early in the afternoon, around 13:00 hours on Tuesday, 18 November 2014.

The event started when he looked through the window and saw a light flying far too low, at sea level. Shortly after, the same object appeared to be slightly higher than the Boeing B737-700 and was on the horizon for a few minutes. The time elapsed between the sighting and the photographs was between two or three minutes at most.

On the port side of the airliner, businessman Julio Belli of Sao Jose dos Campos, San Pablo, Brazil, photographed UFOs following the GOL airliner. Both photos were taken from the same position, with and without the effect (Photo: Julius Belli /Defesanet)

“We took off at 12:40 hours and it was around 13:12 that I saw the object. I took the camera and managed to take a few photos. Since the plane was empty, I went to the other side and I also had the same bright object following us, so I took more photos. I was worried that it might be a reflection on the window or the camera lens, so I repeated the same shot several times and nothing resembling that luminous form appeared,” Belli said.

Aside from being very bright, they had a darker color on either end, orange in color. The object also changed colors several times during the time it was visible to the airliner’s passengers. The businessman approached the fight crew and told them what was going on.

“One of them said that they’d seen objects of this same kind in the Amazon Rainforest and over Manaus, where it occurs more frequently,” added Belli.

The aircraft’s altitude at the time was between 8,000 to 10,000 meters. Despite the phenomenon’s startling nature, Belli does not dismiss the possibility that it could have been a weather balloon. The only problem is the fact that there were *two* objects, one on either side of the airliner, following the craft and vanishing and reappearing on the horizon in very brief periods of time. Both objects vanished without a trace.

[Translation © 2014 S. Corrales, IHU with thanks to Guillermo Giménez, Planeta UFO, Luis Emilio Annino, Orbita Cero, and Julio Ottoboni]

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Nuevos datos sobre la naturaleza de la materia oscura

Investigadores de la Universidad de Granada han puesto límites a las propiedades de una de las partículas candidatas a materia oscura: los axiones. El avance se suma a los esfuerzos internacionales para esclarecer la misteriosa materia oscura, que por sus efectos gravitatorios,se sabe constituye más del 80% de la masa del universo.

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Nuevo modelo teórico de interruptor cúantico mediante simetría

Un equipo internacional de científicos, con participación de la Universidad de Granada, ha descrito cómo la simetría permite controlar el transporte de energía en sistemas cuánticos abiertos, formados por conjuntos de partículas en interacción perturbados por el entorno. El modelo teórico de interruptor cuántico puede ayudar a crear placas solares más eficaces, entre otras aplicaciones.

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'Black seadevil' filmed for the first time

A rare and elusive species of deep-sea fish has been captured on camera off the coast of California. With its pitch black skin, a mouth full of sharp ...

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Scientists set to grow food crops in space

Researchers are investigating the viability of growing enough food in space to sustain long missions. Lead by a team in Norway, the new 10-year progra...

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23 nov. 2014

Modern day Atlantis may be possible by 2030

A Japanese construction company is planning to build underwater complexes that corkscrew in to the ocean. Shimizu Inc. is pursuing a rather unique sol...

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14 students 'possessed' in the Philippines

A case of mass hysteria is thought to be responsible for rendering several students unconscious. The incident, which was initially blamed on possessio...

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Pink Cliffs could hold key to Mars mystery

Curiosity has located a ledge of rocks that could hold important clues about the origins of the planet. After more than two years trundling across the...

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22 nov. 2014

'Underwater Pompeii' found off Greek island

Archaeologists have uncovered the remains of a small settlement at the bottom of the ocean near Delos. The ancient ruins, which are located just 6ft u...

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Gabriel Bereau y su violín eléctrico

Recuerdo que, gracias a la magia radiofónica de Ramón Trecet, me fascinó allá a principios de los noventa un tipo genial con un violín eléctrico que atendía al nombre de Ed Alleyne-Johnson . El apunte de hoy también va de violines modificados, solo que de forma mucho más radical. Lástima no tener a mano un registro de cómo sonaba, porque simplemente contemplando el artilugio no imagino cómo podría resultar la experiencia. He aquí el modelo de violín eléctrico que Gabriel Bereau presentó al mundo en 1928… y nunca más se supo del mismo (no he logrado encontrar referencias a la máquina posteriores a 1930 que empujen a pensar que tuviera algún éxito).


El violín “robot” de Gabriel Bereau. (Mundo Gráfico, 18 de abril de 1928. Biblioteca Nacional).

Los ingenieros franceses Bereau y Aubry mostraron entonces una máquina extraña que no tuvo más recorrido que el de la propia anécdota pero que llama la atención por su original planteamiento. No era un violín eléctrico como tal se entendieron posteriormente varios modelos de violín preparado, sino más bien un “robot” que tocaba música con un violín convencional. La siguiente imagen muestra el mecanismo de dedos artificiales y brazo motor para animar el arco sobre un violín de toda la vida.


Mecanismo del artilugio de Bereau. (Mundo Gráfico, 18 de abril de 1928. Biblioteca Nacional).

El planteamiento técnico partía de un violín normal y corriente fijado a un eje basculante sobre el que actuaba un sistema de dos brazos, uno controlaba el arco y el otro varias láminas metálicas a modo de dedos. Se comenta en la prensa de la época que incluso podía mostrar una riqueza de timbre y color similar a la de un instrumentista humano (eso habría que haberlo visto o, mejor dicho, escuchado, porque la cosa tiene miga). Las partituras debían introducirse por medio de algún sistema de codificación, aunque no queda claro cómo se hacía, supuestamente del mismo modo en que se programaban las pianolas de la época, con discos o cilindros metálidos perforados. Se realizaron pruebas públicas en París, con cierto éxito, pero la pista del invento desaparece al poco. El desarrollo de este violín eléctrico se llevó por delante dos décadas de trabajo, según comentaban los ingenieros. Una pena que no haya llegado un eco mayor del mismo hasta nuestros días.

Gabriel Bereau y su violín eléctrico apareció originalmente en Tecnología Obsoleta, 22 noviembre 2014.

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Loch Ness sees spate of monster sightings

A recent increase in Loch Ness Monster reports has been attributed to debris from a nearby forest. After 18 months of no sightings at all there has be...

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Ancient Egyptian book of spells deciphered

Researchers have succeeded in interpreting a 1,300-year-old handbook full of invocations and spells. The 'Handbook of Ritual Power', which is written ...

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21 nov. 2014

Boy recalls memories of past life as a Marine

A four-year-old from Virginia claims to possess memories of his life as a Marine who died in 1983. Andrew Lucas came out with the startling revelation...

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Weekender: Mindfulness Over Matter

"Mindfulness" is becoming the latest buzz word being applied as a solution in almost every industry, profession and human condition in the developed world. In British newspapers published in 2004, the term was used in articles just twice, yet ten years later that figure had risen to 150 mentions.

But what is exactly is mindfulness and why is it becoming a global panacea?

The practise of mindfulness has been derived from ancient Buddhist philosophies, and is described in the dictionary as "the meditative state of being both fully aware of the moment and of being self-conscious of and attentive to this awareness; a state of intense concentration on one's own thought processes; self-awareness."

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Bigfoot put forward as 'endangered species'

A motel operator in New York State is seeking to have Bigfoot added to a local endangered species list. Despite the controversy surrounding the Bigfoo...

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New 40-seat 'Bio-Bus' runs on human waste

The UK has launched a new type of environmentally friendly bus that runs exclusively on waste products. The humorously nicknamed 'poo bus' runs on bio...

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Un extraño cráter se traga una mina en Rusia y sigue creciendo (Fotos)

"Según palabras del jefe de Gobierno regional de Perm, Guenadi Tushnolobov, el tamaño de la abertura aumenta continuamente, y añade que "hoy, aproximadamente, mide unos 30 o 40 metros, los que se convertirán en unos 50 o 60, como máximo" haciendo referencia a que las imágenes aéreas permitirán conocer con mayor exactitud la velocidad de expansión del agujero.

Un portal ruso ha publicado las primeras imágenes de un cráter originado en Solikamsk, en la región de Perm. Aún no se ha confirmado la causa del mismo, pero puede haberse debido a un accidente minero. El tamaño del agujero sigue creciendo.

En internet han aparecido las primeras fotografías aéreas, tomadas a una altura aproximada de 150-200 metros, pertenecientes a un cráter que se ha abierto en la ciudad rusa de Solikamsk, la tercera más grande de la región de Perm, probablemente debido a un accidente minero, informa el portal 'vkurse.ru'.

Actualmente, la zona del hundimiento está siendo explorada por agentes del Ministerio de Situaciones de Emergencia, la compañía Uralkali, y la Policía, que ha acordonado la zona. Asimismo, junto a ellos se encuentra un grupo de científicos que está investigando la composición del terreno y la calidad del aire a fin de comprobar la existencia de emisión de gases por la abertura.

El cráter se abrió la noche del pasado martes a tres kilómetros de Solikamsk-2, propiedad de la empresa Urakali, líder en la fabricación de fertilizantes de potasio y propietaria de cinco minas y siete plantas procesadoras en la Región de Perm (...)"

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20 nov. 2014

Graban una enorme explosión en el cielo en Rusia

"Las cámaras en los salpicaderos de los coches en Rusia siguen captando imágenes desconcertantes. Si el año pasado grabaron con todo lujo de detalles el meteorito de Cheliábinsk, ahora nuevos vídeos similares muestra una extraña y gigantesca explosión en el cielo que ha dejado perplejos a medios y testigos locales. De momento no hay explicación oficial de las autoridades locales sobre lo ocurrido. ¿Otro meteorito? ¿Una explosión cercana reflejada en el cielo?

El enorme destello se produjo el pasado viernes aunque no ha sido hasta ahora que se han comenzado a publicar los vídeos en Internet. Las imágenes se grabaron en la región de región de Sverdlovsk, cerca de la ciudad de Ekaterimburgo. Según varios testigos y medios locales, no hubo ningún sonido acompañando al destello. La policía y autoridades locales de momento no han ofrecido ninguna explicación al respecto y los observatorios de Rusia no registraron la caída de ningún meteorito en la zona ese día (...)"

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Doctors baffled by 'resurrected' woman

A woman who stopped breathing for over two hours suddenly woke up long after all hope had been lost. Ruby Graupera-Cassimiro had undergone a successfu...

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Eagle with a camera films London from above

Breathtaking aerial footage of the London skyline was recorded by an eagle as it soared overhead. An imperial eagle by the name of Darchan has become ...

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El CERN hace públicos los primeros datos de los experimentos del LHC

El CERN lanza hoy su portal web de datos abiertos donde pone a disposición de todo el mundo por primera vez los datos de colisiones reales producidos por los experimentos del LHC. Esta información será de gran valor para la comunidad científica y se usarán también en proyectos educativos.

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Pollution and Climate Change Turning Canadian Lakes Into Jelly

A combination of industrial pollution and climate-change-driven oxygen loss is turning the great Canadian lakes into jelly, according to new research by Cambridge University scientists published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

A "battle of the plankton" between two competing species, Holopedium and the planktonic Daphnia, has been taking place in the delicate ecosystem of the lakes; however, calcium depletion in the lakes is making survival difficult for Daphnia, which require the mineral to form a vital component of their exoskeleton defending them from predators, and consequently populations of Holopedium have doubled since the 1980s. Without the presence of Daphnia, algae is multiplying and providing an unlimited food source for its competitor.

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Thur 20 Nov - Daily round-up of the world's weird news

Young boy claimed to be reincarnated Marine, four armed baby named God Boy by parents, Bumfight punk body part theft

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Deaf man is able to hear using Wi-Fi signals

Frank Swain uses an experimental system to convert electromagnetic signals in to audible sounds. The 32-year-old teamed up with sound artist Daniel Jo...

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19 nov. 2014

3D printer installed on space station

The world's first zero-gravity 3D printer has now been set up inside one of the station's science labs. The device, which arrived at the International...

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Should We Let Them In?

Wednesday November 19, 2014

You've probably heard it said--or experienced firsthand--that we can invite Visitor phenomena into our lives. But should we? Is it wise to open the door to the unknown? This is the conversation I expected to have with Karen Cavalli, author of Let Them In: 30 Years of Secret Experiences. However, this was not what she meant by letting them in.

What she means is far richer and involves a refreshingly elegant approach to all paranormal experiences across the board. Brace yourself. Discussions this good are why The Experience exists!

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Geckos inspire real-life Spider-Man suit

Scientists have developed a sophisticated new system that can enable someone to climb up a glass wall. Researchers working for the US military have ba...

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Rolf Heuer: "Según aumentamos la energía de nuestros aceleradores, aprendemos más sobre el universo"

La posibilidad de alcanzar un nueva física, la información que pueda ofrecer el boson de Higgs sobre la energía oscura, o el descubrimiento de alguna partícula candidata a materia oscura. Estos son algunos de los retos que se abordará el LHC cuando vuelva a funcionar en 2015, según ha explicado Rolf-Dieter Heuer, director del CERN, durante su visita esta semana a España.

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Another Viral Threat From Out Of Africa?

Ebola may not be the only viral threat to come out of Africa. Another family of viruses, deadly in some cases, may have already jumped from fruit bats into humans in Africa, according to a study published today in the journal Nature Communications.

The study provides the first, preliminary scientific evidence that “spillover” of henipaviruses into human populations is underway.

Henipaviruses are known to cause rare infections, with some strains harmless, and others with mortality rates approaching 90 percent (similar rates to Ebola). This family of viruses has been a concern since two of its members, Nipah and Hendra, emerged in Australia and Southeast Asia less than 20 years ago.

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Moon mission to be funded by Kickstarter

A British company is hoping to raise enough money through crowdfunding to land a robot on the moon. Lunar Mission One is aiming to raise at least £60,...

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Los científicos del CERN observan dos nuevas partículas bariónicas

Los investigadores del experimento LHCb del Laboratorio Europeo de Física de Partículas (CERN) han descubierto dos nuevos bariones, un tipo de partículas cuya existencia se había predicho pero que hasta ahora no se habían encontrado. Su nombre, Xi_b'- y Xi_b*.

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18 nov. 2014

Tails, Birds, Nests and the Passing Seasons

It’s fall, and birds and squirrels are stocking up on food for winter and building materials for their nests. Squirrels, like some dogs, have long fluffy tails. Other dogs have their tails docked. This is an old tradition, which originated among the European upper classes. The dogs of the lower classes had big fluffy tails like many mutts do today.

Whitley remembers when he was a kid, they had a dog with an immense fluffy tail, who was chased every spring and fall by hordes of birds after that hair. She used to rush along the ground, racing from shelter to shelter, followed by a literal flock of birds.

Where we live, dogs are not let out to run free, but I’m watching squirrels having the same problem that plagued Whitley’s dog.

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Is Depression An Infectious Disease?

Major depressive disorder (MDD) should be re-conceptualized as an infectious disease, according to Turhan Canli, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology and Radiology at Stony Brook University. In a paper published in Biology of Mood & Anxiety Disorders, Dr.Canli suggests that major depression may result from parasitic, bacterial, or viral infection. He presents examples that illustrate possible pathways by which these microorganisms could contribute to the etiology of MDD.

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Is Depression An Infectious Disease?

Major depressive disorder (MDD) should be re-conceptualized as an infectious disease, according to Turhan Canli, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology and Radiology at Stony Brook University. In a paper published in Biology of Mood & Anxiety Disorders, Dr.Canli suggests that major depression may result from parasitic, bacterial, or viral infection. He presents examples that illustrate possible pathways by which these microorganisms could contribute to the etiology of MDD.

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Philae discovers organic molecules on comet

Rosetta's companion lander made the discovery after sampling and analyzing the comet's atmosphere. While Philae's final touchdown on the comet's surfa...

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Does Russia have a space weapon in orbit ?

Speculation is rife over the purpose of a secretive Russian spacecraft currently orbiting the planet. The object has been gaining the attention of bot...

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OSIRIS sigue los pasos del módulo Philae

La Agencia Espacial Europea (ESA) ha facilitado las imágenes recogidas por el instrumento OSIRIS de la sonda Rosetta, que muestran el impresionante viaje del módulo Philae cuando tomó contacto y volvió a elevarse sobre el cometa 67P el 12 de noviembre de 2014. De momento no se ha descubierto el lugar donde ahora está hibernando este robot.

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Alien life could thrive on exotic elements

Researchers believe that alien life forms may be able to survive on 'supercritical' carbon dioxide. The discovery of extremophiles, organisms that liv...

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17 nov. 2014

Los soldados invisibles de Hilario Omedes

Allá por los años 1932 y 1933 causó cierto revuelo en la prensa española una pretendida invención presentada por Hilario Omedes, del que se decía que era ingeniero. Nunca más se supo del caso, pero los titulares eran tan llamativos que sorprenden. Así, por ejemplo, en el Heraldo de Madrid del sábado 26 de noviembre de 1932 aparece la noticia en estos términos: Un ingeniero español inventa una coraza que hace invisibles las unidades de un ejército combatiente. Don Hilario Omedes basa su descubrimiento en el mimetismo. Un cañón dotado de placa invisible no sería advertido por el enemigo ni a doscientos cincuenta metros de distancia.


Dibujo de Hilario Omedes sobre su invento. Mundo Gráfico, 11-1-1933. Biblioteca Nacional.

El inventor, que al parecer había sido militar anteriormente, proponía dotar a las tropas de algo así como escudos miméticos capaces de hacer que unidades completas de combate se confundieran con el paisaje (no fue el primero, ni el último, en proponer tal cosa, ha habido patentes de sistemas que pretendían lo mismo a lo largo de todo el siglo XX). Ahora bien, camuflar un ejército entero ante las narices del enemigo tiene su miga, por mucho escudo mimético que se le añada. Omedes nunca describió con detalle su invención y, hasta donde he podido averiguar, no hay disponibles patentes de este ingenio en concreto. En la prensa se mencionaba que incluso podrían esconderse grandes piezas de artillería de los ataques aéreos. ¿Fantasía o invento práctico? Sea como fuere, el inventor se atrevía a dar algunos detalles de su tecnología. En Mundo Gráfico, el 11 de enero de 1933, comentaba:

[La idea se me ocurrió] estudiando el mimetismo de los insectos, o sea, su confusión con el medio para evitar el ataque de sus enemigos naturales. (…) No me es posible revelar el fundamento científico de la coraza invisible, porque ello equivaldría a divulgar un dispositivo cuya principal importancia radica en el secreto; solamente para satisfacer la natural curiosidad de toda información, le diré que el índice de refracción de la substancia de que se halla recubierta la coraza hace que ésta se comporte como un placa invisible, desapareciendo para todo observador y de una manera virtual cuantas personas o cosas se coloquen en su parte posterior. (…) Tengo la seguridad del resultado porque ya está experimentado de antemano, primero en pequeño, con una maqueta de unos 20 centímetros, y después con el aparato plegable que ha de examinar la Escuela Central de Tiro, con el que a 250 metros desapareció el tirador y no pudimos distinguirle ni con el auxilio de los más poderosos gemelos prismáticos.

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'Unicorn' roe deer discovered in Slovenia

The animal was found to have a rare deformity that resulted in a single unicorn-like antler. The roe deer, which was shot by a hunter in Celje back in...

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Brains Absorb More Information From Real Books Than From E-Books

Science has great news for bibliophiles who can’t quite get the same buzz from downloading an e-book onto their Kindle as they do from the purchase of a good old-fashioned paper novel.

Aside from the fact that Kindle removes the sensory experience of book-ownership - you can’t touch, flick through, even smell a Kindle book - a recent study has suggested that readers who attempt to absorb information from an e-book are less likely to remember facts that those who read the same information from the printed page.

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Researcher claims discovery of alien photos

UFO investigator Tom Carey claims to have come in to possession of pictures of an alien entity from 1947. The infamous alien autopsy footage that appe...

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Philae envía sus datos científicos antes de hibernar

El robot Philae ha consumido sus baterias y ha entrado en un estado de hibernación por la falta de iluminación solar en el desconocido lugar donde se encuentra, pero justo antes ha logrado transmitir la información científica que han recogido sus instrumentos sobre el cometa 67P/CG. De ahora en adelante no será posible ningún contacto, a menos que llegue a sus paneles solares luz suficiente como para despertarlo.

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Nations express concerns over 'killer robots'

The potential dangers of autonomous weapon systems have been emphasized at a recent UN meeting. Automated robots capable of identifying and destroying...

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Mon 17 Nov - Daily round-up of the world's weird news

Philly Jesus goes ice skating, gets arrested, plus: human flesh pastry makers, Swastika bauble outrage and a pair of resurrections

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16 nov. 2014

Scientists descend in to Siberian crater

The winter weather has made it possible for researchers to climb down in to the hole for the first time. Scientists attempting to find a conclusive ex...

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Will cats ever be as domesticated as dogs ?

A new study has revealed that household cats, unlike dogs, are likely to be only semi-domesticated. Despite sharing our homes for more than 9,000 year...

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Should we attempt to clone a mammoth ?

Scientists have been seeking viable DNA samples from a well-preserved mammoth found in Siberia. The creation of a live mammoth would be one of the gre...

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15 nov. 2014

5,000-year-old human footprints discovered

Two sets of human footprints dating back to the Stone Age have been found on the island of Lolland. The prints were left by two fisherman who unknowin...

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World's tallest man meets world's shortest

The remarkable meeting of opposite extremes was organized to celebrate Guinness World Records Day. Sultan Kosen of Turkey, the tallest man in the worl...

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'Deceased' Polish woman wakes up in morgue

91-year-old Janina Kolkiewicz had been declared dead 11 hours before waking up inside a body bag. The incident, which has been described by some as a ...

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Tres personas están acusadas de matar a dos mujeres, comer de sus cuerpos y vender empanadas hechas con sus restos.

"Tres personas acusadas de matar a dos mujeres, comer parte de sus cuerpos y usar su carne para cocinar y vender empanadas fueron a juicio en el noreste de Brasil, se informó el jueves.

Un hombre, su esposa y su amante fueron arrestados en abril del 2012 en la ciudad de Garanhuns y la policía dijo que han confesado sus crímenes.

Según la demanda, los tres atraían a las mujeres a su casa con la promesa de darles trabajo como niñeras.

La policía halló los restos de dos víctimas en el patio trasero de la casa.

Al ser arrestados, dijeron a las autoridades que pertenecían a una secta cuyo cometido era "la purificación del mundo y la reducción de su población".

Poco después del arresto, la policía halló un libro de 50 páginas titulado Revelaciones de un esquizofrénico, escrito por el sospechoso Jorge Beltrao Negromonte da Silveira, quien decía oír voces y estar obsesionado con el asesinato de mujeres (...)"

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Pasajero filma un OVNI desde un avión

"Un pasajero iraní que viajaba en un vuelo comercial captó lo que sin duda es un Objeto Volador No Identificado (OVNI).

El misterioso objeto es blanco y redondo, vuela a mucha menor altura que el avión. El pasajero pudo filmar todo con su celular y luego lo compartió en internet.

El video se convirtió rápidamente en viral a través de las redes sociales, y de inmediato aparecieron las primeras explicaciones. Según indican algunos especialistas, la forma y la manera de moverse sugieren que puede tratarse de un dron militar iraní. Mientras otros sospechan que se trate de una falsificación, o se quejan de la mala calidad de la captura."

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Una anciana polaca despierta en la morgue tras llevar 11 horas "muerta"

"Cuenta The Telegraph que Janina Kolkiewicz, una anciana de 90 años, había 'muerto' once horas antes de recuperar la consciencia en la morgue y comenzar a dar señales de vida en la bolsa para cadáveres en la que había sido depositada, alertando a los trabajadores.

La familia de Janina asegura estar también en "estado de shock". Cuentan que a "media noche nos llamaron de la funeraria para decirnos que estaba viva", comenta Bogumila Kolkiewicz, sobrina de la 'resucitada'. "Ella no sabe lo que le pasó, pero se encuentra bien de salud". De lo único de lo que se qujó es de tener "algo de frío al llegar a casa" añadió la sobrina.

La doctora que emitió el certificado de defunción de Janina no tiene una explicación lógica para este suceso. "No sé cómo es posible; todavía estoy en estado de shock", ha comentado, que desea permanecer en el anonimato. "Si hubiera tenido alguna duda acerca de su fallecimieto habría llamado a una ambulancia y habría intentado resucitarla pero no tenía signos vitales: ni pulso, ni nada".

Henryk Klementewicz, director de la funeraria que acogió el cuerpo de la anciana Janina, también expresó su sorpresa por este extrano suceso. Para este experimentado empresario del sector, "ni yo ni mi predecesor, que estaba a cargo de la empresa hemos visto algo igual en 30 años. No sé cómo ha podido suceder" (...)"

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14 nov. 2014

Un tigre en París

La policía y los bomberos franceses, apoyados por un helicóptero, se esforzaban el jueves para encontrar a un tigre en libertad, fotografiado por una habitante a unas decenas de kilómetros de París, indicaron fuentes concordantes, reseña AFP.

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La fotografía del supuesto tigre francés

“Desde esta mañana (del jueves 13 Noviembre) corremos tras él, los policías tratan de interceptarlo”, declaró una fuente policial. “Bomberos equipados con armas paralizantes y un helicóptero participan también en la búsqueda”, agregó.

El tigre en libertad fue visto por la mañana por la esposa del gerente de un supermercado de Montévrain, al este de París, que tomó una foto y dio la alerta.

Las operaciones de búsqueda fueron lanzadas inmediatamente por las autoridades de Montévrain, localidad situada muy cerca del parque Disneyland París, pero en principio la presencia del tigre en la zona no tendría ninguna relación con el parque de atracciones.

La agencia EFE destacó que un tigre anda suelto en las proximidades del parque de atracciones Disneyland París y en su búsqueda se movilizó hoy un importante dispositivo de seguridad, en el que participa un centenar de agentes, apoyados por perros adiestrados y con la cobertura de helicópteros.


Ampliacion, huella y primer plano de un tigre en cautiverio

Las autoridades han pedido prudencia a los habitantes de dos localidades del cinturón parisiense, Chessy y Montévrain, que se encuentran próximas al bosque en el que el tigre fue visto y fotografiado esta mañana por una vecina.

Una gran batida se ha organizado por la zona en la que se piensa que puede encontrarse el felino, sin que por el momento se haya podido encontrar.

Los agentes que participan en el operativo tienen orden de tratar de capturar vivo al animal, una especie protegida, pero también tienen autorizado matarlo en caso de que haya peligro.

En paralelo, se ha comenzado a investigar la eventual procedencia del tigre, que se sospecha que pudo haberse escapado de un zoológico cercano o de un circo que recientemente estuvo instalado en la zona, reseñó EFE.

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Bones found within ancient Greek tomb

Archaeologists excavating the ancient tomb near Amphipolis have discovered the remains of a skeleton. The tomb, which is believed to date back to the ...

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Weekender: The Rosetta Mission - Historic Moment or Monumental Cover-Up?

After an amazing ten year journey, the Rosetta mission landed its module Philae on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko at 16:03 GMT on Wednesday.

Rosetta was launched on 2 March 2004 on an Ariane 5 rocket, and has already made history by becoming the first spacecraft to orbit a comet after it reached its long-awaited destination on August 6th 2014.

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'Bermuda Triangle' in Transylvanian forest

A notorious area of woodland in Romania has been home to countless tales of paranormal phenomena. When it comes to stories of a supernatural persuasio...

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Why do we cry tears of happiness ?

Why do we sometimes burst in to tears when we are experiencing something overwhelmingly positive ? It might seem counterintuitive, but when faced with...

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